Minecraft Frogs: Everything You Need to Know

The Minecraft 1.19 update is here, and it brings several new mobs and biomes to this game. There are new structures, enchantments, and a number of other new additions, but one thing that surprisingly stands out is the frog mob in the Minecraft 1.19 update. Starting as a simple mob in front of Allay and Warden in Minecraft, the frogs have steadily gained popularity among the community. That’s because they have variations, new food mechanics, a new breeding system, and some of the coolest animations in the game. But if you haven’t met the frogs in Minecraft yet, you have come to the right place. In this tutorial, we will cover everything you need to know about how to find, capture, and breed all variants of frogs in Minecraft. The frog mob brings a lot to the table, and we are all in for it. So, without further ado, let’s just dive into the world of Minecraft frogs.

Find, Tame, and Breed Frogs in Minecraft 1.19 (Updated June 2022)

We have divided the guide into separate sections, covering different aspects of frogs and tadpoles in Minecraft. You can use the table below to explore each of them at your convenience.

Note: This article was last updated on June 7th at 9:15 AM PST after the release of the Minecraft 1.19 update on all supported platforms.

Which Minecraft Update Adds Frogs to the Game?

Mojang has officially added frogs to the game with the Minecraft 1.19 Wild Update. The developers first started testing this new mob in the Java snapshots and Minecraft Preview (more on this below), alongside the Warden and Allay, back in March. Frogs were first introduced in the Minecraft beta for Xbox, Windows, and Android.

With the stable release of the Minecraft 1.19 update on June 7, frogs are now officially available on all platforms in the Minecraft Java and Bedrock edition. 

What Do the Frogs Do in Minecraft?

As the name tells, frogs in Minecraft are a recreation of real-world frogs in the game. But unlike real-life frogs, Minecraft only has three variations of frogs, and each one of them is a cute one. All these in-game frogs can jump up to a height of 3 blocks, which is as tall as our protagonist. Moreover, unlike any non-flying mob, they take little to no fall damage with and even without jumps.

Walking Animation of Frogs
Image Courtesy: Minecraft Gameplay Developer Brandon Pearce

In terms of behavior, they croak and inflate their neck or vocal sacs now and then. According to Mojang, frogs ribbit, hop around, and enjoy sitting on lily pads. If they are not jumping, frogs use all four of their legs in an alternate pattern to walk around. As for their food, Minecraft frogs only eat small slimes and small magma cubes.

What Do Frogs Eat in Minecraft?

In Minecraft 1.19, the frogs eat the following:

  • Small Magma Cubes
  • Small Slimes
  • Slimeballs

The frogs can feed on the first two mobs on their own. But the players have to feed slimeballs by hand to the frogs. If you are wondering, you can easily get slimeballs by killing the small slimes. Alternatively, the baby pandas also have a mechanic to drop slime balls on sneezing. But that’s a rare occurrence so we won’t suggest you go on that route.

Attacking Slimes in Minecraft

Instead, you should stick with finding and killing slimes to feed your frogs. The slimes usually spawn in the swamps and mangrove swamps. They have a higher spawn rate during the nighttime. Not to forget, the small slimes also drop slimeballs when they get eaten by a frog.

In the earlier beta versions of Minecraft 1.19, frogs could eat fireflies and, as a joke, even goats, but that’s no longer the case. Fireflies were removed and are no longer part of the Minecraft 1.19 update. You can read Mojang’s official statement in the linked article. Now, the frogs can only attack and eat small slimes and magma cubes using their long tongues. Getting eaten by a frog makes the small slime mobs despawn immediately, but not without a drop.

Froglight in Minecraft 1.19

If a frog eats a small slime, it drops slimeballs that can later be fed to the frogs. However, more interestingly, on eating a magma cube, the frogs drop a froglight. It is a light block with the same color as the frog that dropped it. The player can then pick that block up to use it for decorative purposes. There is no recipe in the game that involves froglights yet.

Where to Find Frogs in Minecraft?

The frogs commonly spawn near water sources in Minecraft’s swamp and mangrove swamp biomes in groups of up to five. Beyond the swamps, frogs can also grow in a variety of other biomes, but Mojang has not issued a confirmed list of such biomes just yet. Other than natural spawning, you can also get frogs by growing or breeding them using tadpoles.

Breed Frogs in Minecraft to Get Tadpoles

Similar to how we breed villagers in Minecraft, you can also breed frogs by feeding them their favorite food. So, you simply need to get two frogs close to each other and feed them slimeballs to make them enter their breeding mode. Hearts will pop out from their head, indicating the beginning of the breeding stage.

Frog Breeding in Minecraft

Then, one of the frogs will go near a water source to lay eggs. Minecraft doesn’t follow the concept of the binary sexes of males and females. So, the frog that lays eggs is chosen at random. But every frog lays eggs only in water bodies. There is no minimum or maximum size for waterbodies, but an area of 3 x 3 blocks should be enough.

Frog Eggs or Frog Spawn

The technical name of the eggs that the frog lays is “frog spawn”. These are non-solid blocks that float on top of water source blocks. If a player is in survival mode, there is no way to obtain a frog spawn. They immediately break and despawn if a tool is used on them, even with the silk touch enchantment. Though, touching or jumping on top of the eggs in-game causes no harm.

Spawn or Eggs

Once laid, these eggs or frogs spawn tadpoles after 5 – 10 minutes. A group of frogs spawn can release up to 6 tadpoles at once. Their animations and survival pattern is similar to fishes in Minecraft. With that said, let’s learn how the tadpoles work in Minecraft to spawn frogs in-game.


As you already know, tadpoles are the baby version of frogs in real life as well as Minecraft. They have very limited health, and most mobs can kill the tadpoles with a single hit. Fortunately, their only enemy in water bodies is axolotls. And, they can’t survive outside water for more than a few seconds, even with full health.

Tadpoles in Minecraft

Though, unlike eggs, a player can carry and move the tadpoles to another location using a water bucket. As for their growth, the tadpoles generally take less time than the hatching process to grow into frogs. Though, you can feed them slimeballs to make them grow even faster. As for the kind of frog they will turn into comes down to the biome they are growing up in.

Three Frog Variants Found in Minecraft

Minecraft is currently testing three types of frogs, depending on the biome it lives in. And the three variants of frogs include (via Minecraft Wiki):

  • Temperate Frogs
  • Cold Frogs
  • Warm Frogs

Temperate frogs are orange in color and can be found in somewhat neutral temperature biomes like the swamp biome. On the other hand, cold frogs are green in color and only found in lower temperature snowy biomes and the End dimension. Lastly, warm frogs are grey, and you can only find them in hot biomes, including the nether dimension.

Types of Frogs in Minecraft

Depending upon the biome they live in, the tadpoles grow into the frog color of that Minecraft biome‘s temperature. The variant of their parents and the hatching place of frog spawn has no relation to the final color of a new frog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Transport Frogs in Minecraft?

Unlike tadpoles, you cannot place frogs in water buckets. But you can make them follow you by holding slimeballs.

Can You Tame Frogs in Minecraft?

The frogs from the Minecraft 1.19 Wild update can’t be tamed or kept as pets. But you can cage them by creating walls that are at least four blocks high.

What Can You Do with Frogs in Minecraft?

Other than creating frog lights or having them around for aesthetics, there is no other functional purpose to frogs in Minecraft.

Can Minecraft Frogs Eat Goats?

In earlier beta versions of the Minecraft 1.19 Wild update, developers allowed frogs to eat goats as an internal joke. But in the final version, frogs can’t eat either goats or fireflies.

What Do Tadpoles Eat in Minecraft?

Both frogs and tadpoles eat slimeballs. It makes the tadpoles grow faster and forces frogs into breeding mode.

Meet Frogs in Minecraft 1.19 Wild Update

Whether you want to create a frog light farm or need new friendly mobs in-game, the Minecraft frogs have you covered. All you need to do is download the latest Minecraft 1.19 update and start filling your world with frogs. However, they are not the only mob in the Wild update. The much-anticipated scary mob Warden and the cute and friendly Allay mob that gathers items for you also arrive with this update. Learn everything about the Allay in Minecraft via the linked guide.

If the frog mob doesn’t interest you and fighting the Warden seems more of a challenge, then make sure to carry some of the best Minecraft enchantments before taking on a fight with this new hostile mob. For additional help, you can read our guide on how to defeat the Warden in Minecraft 1.19. Also, don’t forget to take the best Minecraft potions with you. The Potion of Night vision is especially important while you fight the Warden in the best Ancient City seeds. With that said, it’s time to move back to the frog’s mangrove swamps, which are just one of the biomes getting an upgrade in this update.

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